Rare Vitamix Sale! Perfect for Christmas!


I just received word yesterday that Vitamix is running a very rare sale through December 2nd, which drops the prices by up to $30!  The sale is on reconditioned machines, which is a great value for those of you who have wanted to take the plunge, but may have been wavering on the price point.  My standard advice is to get any model, Standard level or above.  This leaves out the Two-Speed.  I entered the Vitamix world with a Two-Speed, and quickly wished I had been advised differently because my needs quickly outgrew it’s capacity.  It basically pulverizes everything, while the other models allow for different textures to be created through different blending speeds.


Check out these studs!  Notice the shorter ones – they’ll fit under your cabinet on your counter top!

If purchasing this for Christmas, you can take heart that it is a fun gift, one that is sure to make the path to healthy eating a whole lot easier.  It is of undisputed quality and can produce anything from ice cream to soup!  My kids LOVE using it, and I love seeing them get excited about making meals that fill them up with quality nutrition.  It’s win/win!  Oh, and you can also use it to make play dough and finger paint!  The possibilities are literally endless.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any sort of questions.  I love talking about my Vitamix, and am so happy to introduce “my guy” to others!

If you can think of any friends who would like to jump in on this deal, I’d be very grateful for the referral!

When you place your order, make sure to enter my code, 06-006284, which will deduct the $25 shipping charge.






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Hello There – Remember Me?

Hello All!  First off, let me just say thank you to everyone who has told me that they miss my blog.  It is so nice to hear, and the encouragement to start again has finally gotten to me.  There is one “fan” in particular that has inspired me to start again.  She has gently nudged me for months, and then came up to me yesterday and said, “Mom, I just read everything you ever wrote on your blog and I just love it.  Will you please start again?”  How do you say no to that?

Writing everyday got to be too much.  Once I had unloaded everything from my head about our health journey, I really felt like I had purged some necessary demons and it was time for a new project.  I’ve done a lot in my absence including redecorating, remodeling and going back to work part-time.  As we speak, some of that remodeling is being torn down now to determine the source of a leak in our basement that pours water into our new space every time a cloud develops in the sky, but I digress. So, in an effort to keep it new and exciting for myself, I will write when I have something I’d like to share, instead of imposing deadlines on myself.  I think I will broaden my range of topics, as well, which I think will make it easier for me and more interesting for you.  Sound good?  Probably some more posts about the fam, daily life, books I’m enjoying, etc.


Our "beautiful" new basement, torn up to find the world's most irritating leak.

Our “beautiful” new basement, torn up to find the world’s most irritating leak.

For those of you who have purchased a Vitamix from me, thank you so much!  Especially lately.  Sales have increased a bit (maybe due to people wanting to eat healthier, fresher in the summer), even though my ads had issues that needed to be corrected.  Bad blogger!  Bad!  So, thank you for copying and pasting my promo code into the Vitamix site after heading there on your own, like a caveman.  Your purchases and questions are always appreciated and welcomed.  I hope you are enjoying this investment into your health, and that you get as much use out of it as we do.  There was a line at ours this morning, I kid you not!

So, for this first post back, I think it’s only fitting to talk a bit about my Number #1 fan, Kathleen.  She is a voracious reader/writer who loves the written word from the depths of her soul.  Like her Mama, she is usually reading a few different books at once, and loves talking about them.  Finding a typo in a published piece causes her to squeal with delight.  Yesterday she saw that the word ‘city’ was written as ‘gity’.  It was like Mardi Gras in our house.  It’s making me wonder right now how many typos there are in this piece.  I’m sure I’ll find out shortly.  Anyway, Kath was fortunate enough to have a teacher this year that really loved and encouraged her writing.  When Kath told her that she thinks she would like to pursue journalism, she suggested a local university that has an excellent program.  So, we are going to check it out so that she can put a mental image to her goal, and have a fun little field trip out of it.  She is so excited, I can’t even tell you.    I just love the wide open days of summer that allow us to have these little adventures.  I also love teachers that take the time to talk to a little girl about her passions and open the world up to her.

The girls are always suggesting that I blog about new recipes we’ve tried and loved.  I would love any questions/suggestions that you have, as well, on any topic.

Thanks again for your continued interest and support!

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Nature’s Security System – Your Gut

We talk a lot about our guts in our family.  In this instance, I’m not talking about probiotics or food allergies, but the God-given gift of gut instinct.  One of the issues that comes with raising obedient children is teaching them who deserves that obedience, and who will manipulate it for their own advantage.  So, I give a great deal of lip service toward listening to your gut and practically throw a party when I witness them recognizing and obeying it, especially if it goes against their typical tendiencies.  All of this discussion is what made yesterday’s minor incident so crazy.

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O to the M to the G!!!

Happy Spring! It’s been really hard for me to find the time to blog lately with other writing projects/meetings and Spring Break, but I had to make some time to share this amazing new love in my life – something that many of our mothers and grandmothers took religiously as children!

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No Can Doosville, Baby Doll

I love ‘How I Met Your Mother’.  Dave and I were watching an old episode the other night that has resulted in an unfortunate nickname for me.  On it, they were watching a cheesy movie in which the awful main character kept using the line “No Can Doosville, Baby Doll”, anytime he didn’t want to do whatever was being requested of him by his fiance.  This made me laugh every last time, which has made Dave begin saying it to me on an hourly basis.

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So Snooki’s Pregnant . . .

I will not use this blog to write something negative, so congrats, future PTA Mom, Snooki!  I read that she said she’d like to “pop” four or five kids out and it got me thinking (yes, many of you are thinking about the G-8 Summit, but I’ve got my eye on Snooki’s uterus).  First I thought that she has no idea what that entails, but also that the excitement of starting a family with the person you love is crazy-exciting.

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Basic Instinct

I think I am lacking some basic mothering instinct. I can detect food-related issues from 20 feet away, but some of the most OBVIOUS problems are just beyond the scope of my radar.

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Easy Side for your Lunch

This is so easy.  I found it a few months ago on my new BFF, pinterest.  It’s one of those “Why didn’t I think of that” things.

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Mickey, Mickey, You’re so Fine-ish

Four months ago, we got a rescue dog, a cute Cavalier that we named Mickey.  He also answers to Mick-a-lick, Sir Micks-a-Lot, and The Mickster, in case you were wondering.  We’ve had a very up and down time with him, until a few weeks ago.

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Have you Seen an Orange in Person?

A few months ago, I attended a talk given by a woman who teaches healthy eating to school children.  It was cool to hear some new ideas, as well as reinforcement of the lessons I’ve been trying to teach my girls.  I took a lot away that day, but one thing in particular seems to keep bouncing around my head.

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